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Keys to Every 1st-Place MLB Team Staying There All Year Long
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The start of the Major League Baseball season has gone exactly the way we thought it would for some teams, while not so much for others.

Not many teams are atop their divisions after the first month, like many predicted. In fact, Atlanta is the only team that many realistically considered could be leading their division heading into May.

Boston was thought to have a chance by the middle of the season, but not this early. Kansas City and Texas are surprise leaders, especially the Rangers who lost a lot of offense from last year's team.

Pittsburgh is looking like they did in the first half of 2012, and Arizona and Colorado are leading out west. It's surprising considering most thought Los Angeles or San Francisco would be up top.

So, what should those on top do to stay there?

Here's a look at what each division-leading team must do to stay atop the division all year long.

 

Note: All stats and records are entering Monday's games and are courtesy of baseball-reference.com.

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